One Rix Dollar Currency Note with engraving of Britannia by Silverstone, issued by Government Treasury in Colombo issued in 1814. These notes were issued from from 1809 to 181?. Regulation 3 of 1820, required the value of the note to be added by means of a "dry stamp". By Regulation 5 of 1823 the notes of the value of RD 1 was demonetized as from 1823 August 31. By Regulation ? of 1830 the notes of the value of RD 2 were demonetized as from 1830 September 1.
Front: Upper-left: Britannia with Laural wreath seated, Shield
with Union jack on side, Trident in right hand, Olive Branch in left
hand, all within wreath with flowers. Below in small text in upward
Arc Engraver Silvester & Co. sc. 27, Strand London.
To right No #### Colombo 1 September 1814.
The Government of Ceylon promise to pay to the Bearer on demand the Sum of ONE Rix Dollar in Copper Money at the Exchange of Forty Eight Stivers for the Rix Dollar on presenting this at the General Treasury
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The Olive Branch stretched forward signifies Peace Friendship and Goodwill. The Trident represents British Naval Power inspired from Poseidon and Neptune, Greek and Roman deities of the sea.
The wrongly written Sinhala script ලන්කවේ(sic) was corrected to ලංකවේ by 1820 note.
The two word Thamil text on upper righthand corner is barely visible in this low resolution scan of this 1814 note needs to be checked as it may not be written exactly the same as the first two words on the higher resolution 1820 note.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Chapter XI British - Page 151-152
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